Published: 08/04/2020As most of us currently have a lot more time on our hands, now could be a great time to try and make some improvements to our homes, whether these be small or big, inside or outside.
If you’re considering selling your property in the future, then getting these things done will potentially add value to your home and make it more presentable for viewings. But even if you have no plans to move, taking the free time many of us now have and putting it to good use can really help your mental wellbeing, along with saving you money by not paying someone to do these jobs for you.
Outside the home
The front of our homes is the first thing we usually see every day when we arrive home, so after a long day at work (remember those days?) walking towards a well-presented home can really lift the spirits. It’s one of the first things we usually advise would-be home sellers to improve. It’s so important because it sets a great first impression and can really help to boost kerb appeal.
Try neatening up your front garden a bit by pulling up the weeds or clearing out the borders and consider painting, or alternatively, cleaning your front door. These may be small things but if the front of your property is well presented and maintained this will create a great first impression and people will assume the rest of the property follows suit.
Another small thing that makes a huge difference whether preparing to sell or not is cleaning your windows. Not only will they look gleaming from the outside, but you’ll be able to see so much clearer from the inside too!
Similarly it might pay to clear out your guttering, not the most fun job, but leaves tend to collate over the autumn and winter which, can not only cause issues when it comes to your property survey, but can also look very untidy.
Another thing to consider doing is cleaning your pathways or patios with a pressure washer if you have one. Sometimes you don’t even realise that these things are dirty and are in need a refresh but once you start washing them, you’ll notice what a difference this can make to your outside space.
Whilst on the topic of freshening things up, painting fences and sheds is another great way of giving your garden a new lease of life, especially if you already have some leftover paint lying around. Likewise, if your garden furniture is looking sorry for itself, cleaning it up or painting it can do the trick.
Inside the home
On the days where the weather isn’t so great and you can’t spend your time out in the garden, consider ticking some things off your general DIY to-do list. We all have one, whether there are a couple of holes in the wall that need filling or putting together that new side table you bought and never got around to building.
There may also be rooms across your home that could do with being redecorated to freshen things up, but it’s things like these that are never normally a priority. It might not even be the entire room that needs redecorating, sometimes all that’s needed it some fresh paint on the doors, skirting boards and coving.
Perhaps there’s an area or room in the house that needs decluttering or organising properly, but you simply haven’t found the time to dedicate to it before. It may be that the particular area could do with a better storage solution - now is a great time to work through these and find a way to make the most of the space you have. You can find our organisation and decluttering tips here.
As well as decluttering, general deep cleaning of any rooms may be something you could add to your list. Even if you tackle one room per day, it’s still progress and once you get stuck in, you’ll want to make sure every other room is up to the same standard.
Another tip that works well, especially if you’re thinking of selling, is either cleaning your carpets or getting them cleaned professionally. The latter is slightly more difficult at the moment, however, you can buy cleaning solution online which means you clean them yourself for a fraction of the cost and the difference will still be huge!
We asked Karen, Sales Manager of our Burnham Market office, for her top tips on how to improve the saleability and presentation of your home.
Karen has worked in our Burnham office for over 10 years now and has seen most of the very best homes that north Norfolk has to offer, so she knows a thing or two about what works!
Karen also suggests taking before and after images of your improvements as they can then see the progress they have made and feel satisfied – keeping spirits up.
The obvious one is to clear clutter from your homes, areas such as under the beds are a good place to start as they all too often get shown in agents’ photos.
As it will be summer when we come out of hiding, change up your wardrobe contents now and pack bags for charity shop drop offs when they reopen, clearing valuable storage space.
Dig out paint from the garage and shabby chic some tired bits of furniture. You can paint over wax areas with a candle and paint over again in a different colour and rub it off to make it look two tone, there are plenty of tutorials for this online.
In the garden...
In a small courtyard garden, you can make it appear bigger by placing a mirror into a flower bed. Simply find an old long mirror and paint the frame green before adding it into a flower bed with some herbs in front of it. When the reflection of the herbs are seen in it, this will reflect the distance and make the garden seem larger.
Take the time to build a raised vegetable bed. This gives a "good life feel" to the garden, making the viewer feel that they want to make it their own.
Fill old cast iron buckets and old planters with compost and plant fast growing lettuce and other vegetables in them to add colour and arrange in groups of threes and fives.